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Courses Taught in English

Kohlburg Hall with Garden Plants

Kohlberg Hall, built in 1996, is the home of the department of Modern Languages and Literatures. (Photo: Alina Jara Yupanqui)

Our courses balance traditional objects of study with emerging interdisciplinary projects on topics such as urban modernity, gender and sexuality, and media representations.


Explore each language program course page for additional information on advanced courses and seminars:


Arabic | Chinese | French | German | Japanese | Russian | Spanish

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Language Tables

Everyone on campus is invited to attend any of the language table sessions sponsored by the MLL Department!

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Language Study in the Age of Globalization

This brochure by the Modern Language Association is directed primarily to college students. It​ explains how knowing other languages enriches students’ personal lives, expands their range of professional opportunities, and increases their power to act as citizens of the world.

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Language Center

The Language Center provides resources to enhance the study of foreign language, literature, and culture at Swarthmore College. Students have access to audio/video materials required for foreign language classes. The lab's resources include 12 Macbook Pros, 8 iMacs, an extensive library of foreign films, video cameras, and audio recorders. The space is a unique, adaptable, multimedia-friendly place to study, practice and develop language skills. 

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